Author: Mags Blackburn

Video of the Day: Joey Ryan with ‘Violet’

‘Violet’ is the new release from Cork musician Joey Ryan. Violet is a soulful track taken from his 2016 release Fall Through the Night, which saw Ryan refine his sound with the help of Cork based producer Christian Best in Monique Studios. Having relocated to Berlin, Germany in mid 2016, ‘Violet’ sees a collaboration with the Berlin based Kopperkollectiv who have previously worked with many successful German acts through their Berlin Open Stage music video series. Shot in Berlin city and surrounding area during summer 2017, Swedish dance artist and choreographer Siri Elmqvist created a modern interpretive dance sequence...

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Song of the Day: Tanjier’s haunting ‘Hymn’

In case you haven’t come across them before Tanjier are Mick Killen, Tommy Buckley and Ronan Lynch and they create dark electro-pop lurking in the shadows; the sound of isolation in orange dimly lit city streets. They are a trio based in Dublin, Ireland. Previously the band have tackled issues like homelessness, addiction and mental health. Their new single ‘Hymn’ musically documents the growth of the band’s sound which shimmers and pops. Skillfully employing their influences from Talos and James Vincent McMurrow into their own particular niche with haunting lyrics and growling guitar. Lyrically the band continue to hone...

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In Tua Nua head on tour

It was 30 years ago this year that ‘In Tua Nua’ supported U2 on the European leg of The Joshua Tree Tour. They are now setting out on their first Irish Tour since 1988. The band toured extensively throughout Europe and the US during the 1980’s promoting their albums “Vaudeville” and “The Long Acre”. During the 80s In Tua Nua had 9 top 20 singles here in Ireland. One of Ireland’s premier live acts, they shared stages with Bob Dylan (Slane), Fleetwood Mac, and Eurythmics to name but a few while also opening on stadium tours for Simple Minds...

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freezerRoom gear up for Hazel Wood launch with new album

After months of speculation and teaser releases Cork collaborators freezerRoom are due to release their full length album Fire on the Ocean September 1 with a live launch September 2 at midnight in the Hazel Wood Stage at Electric Picnic accompanied onstage by no less than 20 musicians. The core of freezerRoom is production duo Graham White and Rory Dempsey. The pair has been making music together for over 15 years since they first met in acclaimed Irish downbeat act The Shades. On Fire on the Ocean they continue their brand of alternative rock with electronic and orchestral elements...

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Social commentary from The Clockworks

Drawing comparisons to the likes of The Streets, Artic Monkeys and The Libertines Galway Indie-Punk band The Clockworks make writing social commentary attached to a catchy hook look easy. The groups latest single “The World Owes Me A Favour” is some of their strongest writing to date and they are backing it up with Irish and UK dates. Wedged full with precise comments and razor sharp observations The Clockworks take the Irish political system to task. And they do so while referencing some of the great Indie-Punk social commentators of recent times creating a sound that is International but...

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